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Balaam and the Talking Donkey

This is a simplified version of the Bible story found in Numbers 22-24, written for children to understand. For the original version, please refer to the Bible passage.

Once upon a time, the people of Israel were traveling to the Promised Land, and they camped in the plains of Moab. Balak, the king of Moab, was scared of the Israelites and wanted to stop them. Balak sent messengers to a man named Balaam and asked him to curse the Israelites. Balak thought that if Balaam cursed them, they would lose their power, and he would be able to defeat them.

After Balak sent his messengers to Balaam to ask for his help in cursing the Israelites, Balaam initially refused, saying that he could only speak the words that God put in his mouth. However, Balak was persistent and sent more messengers, promising Balaam great honor and wealth if he would agree to come and curse the Israelites. Finally, Balaam relented and set out on his journey with his donkey.

However, God was not pleased with Balaam’s decision to go with the messengers, and he sent an angel to block Balaam’s path. Balaam didn’t see the angel but his donkey did and refused to move forward. Balaam became angry and began to beat the donkey, but then the donkey spoke and asked why he was being beaten. Balaam was so surprised that he started to have a conversation with the donkey, who then revealed the angel blocking the path.

Balaam did not understand what was happening until the angel revealed himself to Balaam and told him that he could only speak the words that God gave him.

When Balaam arrived at Balak’s kingdom, he set up altars and offered sacrifices to God in preparation for his first oracle. He then spoke the words that God had given him, blessing the Israelites and predicting their future prosperity. Balak was angry and demanded that Balaam try again to curse the Israelites.

Balaam set up altars and offered sacrifices again for his second and third oracles, but each time he spoke words of blessing for the Israelites instead of curses. Balak was furious and demanded that Balaam stop blessing the Israelites and instead curse them as he had been hired to do.

Finally, Balaam delivered his final oracle, in which he prophesied the coming of a great king who would conquer all of Israel’s enemies. Balak was beside himself with anger, and he told Balaam that he had promised him great honor and wealth if he would curse the Israelites, not bless them.

Balaam replied that he could only speak the words that God put in his mouth, and that he had tried to do as Balak had requested but had been unable to curse the Israelites.

Biblical Lessons

  • God has the power to bless and curse.
  • It is important to follow God’s will.
  • God’s blessings are not based on physical strength, but on faithfulness.
  • We should not be greedy and focus on doing what is right rather than seeking material wealth.
  • God’s plan for His people will always come to pass.

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